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Tale of Two Republicans on SB107

Two clips from KXLH’s Marnee Banks perfectly capture the two sides on today’s House debate on SB 107, which will remove unconstitutional language from Montana state law which makes “deviate” sex acts felonies:

Representative Ankney (R-Colstrip) reminded us all today that Montana is a better place than one seen in bills which legally permit discrimination.


Unfortunately, Representative Dave Hagstrom reminded us that some legislators are still capable of hateful idiocy:

It’s encouraging to see the House move to finally strip this unconstitutional and immoral language from Montana’s laws, but almost unimaginable that there are 36 members of the House willing call their fellow Montanans criminals because of the people they love.

It’s worth noting that Representative Champ Edmunds was one of those 36, a vote no doubt motivated as much by his desire to appeal to conservative Montana voters in his primary run as his own personal homophobia. Representative Ankney showed what Mr. Edmunds simply cannot or will not understand: that one can be a conservative without endorsing hate.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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